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Dr Marios Kostas

Senior Lecturer

School: Education Employment Based and Professional Learning

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus

Tel: 01227 922278

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PhD Social Psychology of Education, UCL Institute of Education


Marios is a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education and Care at Canterbury Campus of the University. Marios has a doctorate in Social Psychology of Education from the UCL Institute of Education. His current research focuses on post-structuralist approaches to gender and subjectivity and in particular on the work of Judith Butler. Prior to working for Canterbury Christ Church University, Marios lectured at higher education institutions in the UK and abroad and trained and taught in primary schools in London.  Marios possesses more than seven years of progressive experience in social research, including positions as a research assistant at the Hellenic Centre for Social Research and other organisations in the UK and abroad.


Marios teaches a range of modules at undergaduate level, including Historical and International Perspectives of Childhood, Research Methods, Gender Issues in the Early Years, Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood as well as dissertations and contributing to the MA in Early Childhood Education.

Research Areas

  • Gender and Sexuality 
  • Intersectionality 
  • Pedagogy 
  • Education 
  • Ethnography
  • Sociology

Current Research Projects

  • Gender Dynamics on School Playgrounds: The role of the game of football in the construction of hegemonic masculinity.
  • Gender Differences in Classroom Interactions. 
  • Power, Gender and Subjectivity: Children’s responses to traditional gender discourses promoted through the instructional material of primary education.   

Recent Publications

Kostas, Marios (2019) Discursive construction of hegemonic masculinity and emphasised femininity in the textbooks of primary education: children’s discursive agency and polysemy of the narratives. Gender and Education.pp. 1-30. available at:

Kostas, M. (2018). Snow White in the Hellenic Primary Classrooms: Children's responses to non-traditional gender discourses. Gender and Education 30(4), pp 530-548.  available at:


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